Today is the day that was never supposed to be. It is a day where I am not where I am supposed to be and neither is MM. No, today we are not where we are supposed to be at all. Today we are thumbing our noses at convention and “the man”. We are sticking up for our rights to have a wee bit of control over our own lives. Today we made a choice. It was a collective one and one that we did not enter into frivolously or without careful consideration. Today MM and I took a voluntary day off from work…gasp. How irresponsible and perhaps somewhat stupid to confess here for the “world’ to see. As if the powers that be have time to read my blog…haha.
More than likely whatever I say here won’t get farther than you and I. What is there to say? well….I am enjoying the hell out of myself.
I’m calling this day The Day That Was Never Meant To Be and I am determined to make this day count! I want this decision to stay home today and get a much-needed break from the daily grind that is grounding me down to be one of the smartest things I’ve ever done.
I awoke at the usual much too early…the still sleeping part of my brain was able to persuade the only half asleep side of my brain that “runs” things, that today, a day off was essential to my physical and mental well-being and life in general would be better for me and my family if I spent the day on life enhancing activities of the domestic variety.
We started our day off with a large cup of hot coffee; dark and satisfying. We giggled like school kids we talked of our daring defection and just how nice it was to relax. We lay in bed sipping coffee and enjoying the early morning sun streaming in the windows.
I took out the camera and took some experimental happy shots around the house. This is my idea of fun. The early morning sun makes for excellent ethereal pictures. The birds were in the spirit singing their bestest which may have drawn the neighbors cats who paid a visit from up atop the fence.
I decided to do some barefoot gardening. Nothing strenuous; weeding, seeding and a bit of this and a bit of that. The bees were going full buzz and I spent several minutes enjoying and admiring them before I returned to “work”
MM the dear and wonderful person, did the dishes as has become his custom since I started my current job. He is a dedicated and special man who doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. Thanks to his industry, the kitchen was spotless before we went out “exploring” which sounds exciting but really just involved visiting an exotic place called the grocery store for a bag of Friskies and some grape soda before sneaking into a well-known fast food joint that I never eat at for some inexpensive and satisfying coffee, yes the coffee is Ok in a pinch)
After the mid afternoon pick me up, I was back at it full steam and the rest of the day played itself out gloriously. Tasks that would have stricken me as mundane just a few scant months ago delighted me in their comfortable simplicity from one thing to the next, leading to a delicious cashew chicken dinner at home . We watched a Classic Star Trek rerun. It was like seeing an old and dear friend you haven’t seen for a long time. I polished my nails (sparkly blue) and indulged in a big bowl of ice cream (Chocolate Brownie Thunder, YES!)
We snuggled under the covers, Me, a good book and MM. It was an excellent day. It was just what I needed…
Am I glad I did it? Yes! Am I making excuses? Sure. But I must say this unexpected break from the daily grind let me have a chance to look at my situation with perspective.; my much too long commute is wearing thin on me. I am not a quitter but I am rational and can see my current lifestyle is unsustainable. So I did one more thing today; I revamped my resume, added some color and worked on some cover letters…who knows… I may be ready for a jump. Wish me luck!
By the way, does anyone want to hire a tired and starving writer? I’m right here!
Have a good one.
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
― William Arthur Ward
- cold brewed iced coffee (craftysundries.com)
My Love Affair With Coffee (joyceyl.wordpress.com)
National Ice Cream Day – July 21, 2013 (sibcyclinenews.com)